Orlando Cabrera to the Twins

By Jason Wojciechowski on July 31, 2009 at 7:22 PM

The A's get back a shortstop prospect who's apparently not a long-term shortstop, Tyler Ladendorf. He's 21 this year and started the season at Rookie ball before being promoted to A-ball, where he hasn't hit at all in his first fifteen games.

Forget the analytics for a moment, though, because I got surprisingly attached to Orlando Cabrera in his short time as an Athletic. No, he wasn't much of a hitter, recent hot singles streak aside, because he doesn't walk and he doesn't hit for power, but he was pretty fun to watch. I love the way he'd rather get nothing on his throw but make the throw quickly rather than set his feet, I love the way he insists on jumping over the runner on ever 4-6-3 double play, and I love the way he dances around on the bases, sometimes breaking for second before the pitcher has even lifted his leg to start the pitch. He looks like he's still having fun playing the game, but he also takes his performance seriously (recalling the quotes earlier in the year when he thought his defensive play was horrible).

I'm sure I'll forget him in a few weeks, but for now, I'm a little sad to see him go.